The purpose of this tutorial was to suggest that the process of using a scanner is greatly simplified if the user approaches it as an exercise in maximizing the quality of data capture. It defined the objectives of this method, the criteria for measuring these objectives, the methods for measurement, and the limiting factors imposed by the hardware and software. I believe this far more systematic method will result in less frustration and waste of time than the largely intuitive and haphazard approach that most scanner users employ.
Specifically, some of the key elements are that
Hopefully, the information in this tutorial will also enable the consumer to evaluate scanners and scanner software more knowledgeably and thus provide vendors further motivation to improve their products. The user should ask herself or himself whether a prospective product has the features that enable the user to employ the principles outlined here.
Not only are histograms and tone curves powerful tools, but they are absolutely necessary in achieving quality scans. By comprehending and putting into practice what we have covered, I hope to make scanning a more productive, if not enjoyable, experience.